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EU Elections 2019: Student representatives state their demands to future MEPs

January 21, 2019

For immediate release, 21 January 2019

BRUSSELS – The European Students’ Union (ESU) releases a Statement unifying the students’ priorities for both the upcoming elections as well as the future work of the Members of the European Parliament

After the European Students’ Union 75th Board Meeting (25 November – 1 December 2018), student representatives from 39 countries from all across Europe decided on the key issues they want to stress ahead of the European Parliament elections taking place in May 2019.

The result was a statement outlining the following topics as vital for both, the upcoming elections as well as the mandate following it:

  1. Inclusive higher education

    1. Access to EP-funded projects for marginalised groups

    2. Access to education for migrants of both refugee and non-refugee backgrounds

  2. Academic and press freedom

  3. High quality and sustainably funded higher education

Starting from January, ESU is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the students’ concerns which are tackled on their Statement Regarding European Elections 2019 and calling for a massive turnout among students.

The campaign, called #VoteForEducation, will engage with ESU’s members and students outside the organisation, encouraging them to share videos and messages supporting the students’ demands and stating their intention to vote in the European Elections.

“Students and youth in general, are often criticized for not being actively involved in politics and for a lack of participation in democratic life. We want to demonstrate that this is not true; students care about their politicians being accountable for defending the interests of the citizens and students and protecting their rights; they care about their future and the future of education in Europe” says Katrina Koppel, Vice-president of ESU and coordinator of the ESU’s campaign regarding the European Parliament elections.

The full statement can be consulted here and further updates will be included in a dedicated section on ESU’s website: https://www.esu-online.org/european-parliament-elections-2019/

In addition, visual materials to support the campaign are available to download here.

Stay tuned on:

Facebook: @Europeanstudents

Twitter: @ESUtwt

Instagram: @ESUtwt

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